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#934614 - 06/21/15 06:29 PM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: bwpsg42]  
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I just got around to installing my set of Lumen Exports Can Bus HID low beams and it's about as simple and plug and play as it could be. It took me 4 times as long to take the bike apart and put it back together then the light install took me. Even with having to screw around with those damn headlight clips. cool

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#934628 - 06/21/15 09:27 PM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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I really like mine. Same lights


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#935143 - 06/28/15 02:23 AM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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What is the life expectancy of the HID bulbs compared to the standard H7 halogens? I would assume that they last far longer. I always carried a spare set of H7's with me. Is there any need to buy and carry a spare HID bulb?

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#935146 - 06/28/15 02:37 AM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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They generally last longer, much longer. The kicker is now you have 4 components that can fail for 2 light sources. If you're going to carry spares you need to have a ballast and a bulb. If you have both it makes trouble shooting easy. I have never carried spares.


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#935172 - 06/28/15 12:43 PM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Edgar]  
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Originally Posted By: Edgar
They generally last longer, much longer. The kicker is now you have 4 components that can fail for 2 light sources. If you're going to carry spares you need to have a ballast and a bulb. If you have both it makes trouble shooting easy. I have never carried spares.


Thanks Gary.

Doug


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#935181 - 06/28/15 02:20 PM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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I just carry one of the old halogen H7 bulbs as a spare. I kept the halogen high beam, so it works for that. If needed, I can also re-install it as a low beam by just unplugging the ballast. But since I have two low beams, I'd probably just wait until I had a replacement.


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#935197 - 06/28/15 05:10 PM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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I do the same as Larry. I have one of my halogen bulbs as a spare and since I also have a pair of LED driving lights, I figure I can always wait until daylight to change one of the HIDs out if necessary. It's overkill and a moot point for me really as I try to start early, though after sunrise, and finish my day before sunset if I'm on a trip.


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#935821 - 07/04/15 01:53 AM Re: HID conversion for a '12 RT [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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Originally Posted By: dbaliko
What is the life expectancy of the HID bulbs compared to the standard H7 halogens? I would assume that they last far longer. I always carried a spare set of H7's with me. Is there any need to buy and carry a spare HID bulb?
I have all 3 headlights as HIDs. I go through a headlight (one of the lows) about every 4 years. The bulbs are about $30 for a pair (shipped).

I don't carry a spare bulb. I've got two others if one goes out as well as twin sets of LEDs under the mirrors that throw 3K lumens each as well. I can wait to get a new bulb when one goes out (and if I were really anal I could use a stock bulb since the wiring for the HID is non-destructive).


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2000 R1200C Ice (Frost) Blue - oilhead 1200
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